Today my family and I are starting a new tradition. We’re making party foods—cheesy potatoes, little smokies and punch—and cleaning up before we jump into decorating for the Christmas season! I even have last year’s Christmas Spotify playlist all set for the occasion.
I must confess, however, that my daughter and I have a jumpstart on the music, as we listened to it on Wednesday as we made a few crafts. To my utter horror (okay, I’m exaggerating), she informed me that she hates not only Elvis’s “Blue Christmas,” but also “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus!” (I prefer The Ronettes version, myself, though I also enjoy Mellencamp’s.) Then I understood, at least regarding the former: for someone who doesn’t yet know the big “secret,” why the heck would Mom kiss Santa? Hello, that’s cheating on Daddy! Didn’t think of that one. So instead of these favorites, here are the songs I’m recommending for the best Christmas songs ever this year.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
I have to have this song playing while we decorate—and it has to be the Brenda Lee version. To me, holiday songs aren’t just about the songs themselves but who sings them; if it’s a ruined version I won’t listen to it. This is one of my favorite songs from childhood and it’s just not Christmas without it!
Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town
Let’s face it, I am all over anything by The Boss. So Springsteen’s version of this song is my favorite. It’s also the one you can rock out to, which is essential during the holidays.
Frosty the Snowman
I do like some of the classics, and Bing Crosby’s is my favorite when it comes to this song, which is equally classic.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Ella Fitzgerald’s got to sing it—although I really like the Elf version, too!—and I know it’s a bit of a creeper song (okay, a lot of one), but I just can’t help but love it. It’s a guilty pleasure song for me. I also lover her version of “Angels We Have Heard on High.” No, I’m not a religious person, but I sang in choir for 12 years, so I love me some holiday music.
Step Into Christmas
As with my Springsteen, anything by Elton John is good with me—and this is such an upbeat, fun song. Gotta play it a few times during December!